Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My World- the Many Storied Gardens of Kerala

Last weekend, we had gone to Wayanad in Kerala, our neighbouring state. Tha land in Wayanad is undulating, and the peoplehave made the best use of it. The gardens of Kerala are many storied. In the lowermost storey hugging the ground, grow Centella and other herbs. Above that are the gingers and turmeric. Coffee is planted between the ginger plants.
The tall rubber trees give shade to the garden, as well as provide the rubber latex. You can see the grooves cut on the rubber tree for the latex to flow down. The latex is collected in coconut shells .

At the borders of the garden are planted banana trees, which hold the soil, and provide fruit to the gardener.


Coffee gardens have other shade giving trees such as rosewood and arecanut.


Cottages are surrounded by coconut and arecanut palms, round which pepper, the king of spices, is made to twine.
People of Kerala have been growing and exporting pepper sice thousands of years. Columbus discovered America when he sailed to find the sea route to this land of spices.
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9 comments:

  1. fascinating...
    loved the cosy positioning of the cottage

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  2. Wonderful!
    Your country is so different from mine!
    The mediterranean area is different from yours. Crops and wild plants are completely different, but that area in India seems to be very exotic.

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  3. Another wonderful look at your world! Marvelous photos! The cottage does indeed look cozy! So very interesting and different from my world as well, but such a beautiful world it is! Hope your week is going well. Have a lovely evening!

    Sylvia

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  4. Fantastic tour of the remarkable garden. I would love to visit there.

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  5. sorry for the late reaction, but I had to do my job the whole day

    Beautiful My World Tuesday posting

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    Link to My Word Tuesday post!

    Seen on My World Tuesday

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  6. Fun to see your part of the green world. the place had so much stuff and all of it seemed to be used for something.

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  7. The landscape looks a lot similar to Assam. And i like the way the terrain has been used for cultivation. Instead of pepper, it's a common sight to see the "paan" vine on the areca palm trees here. Loved your photos and the description.

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